Alcohol with type 2

By chopi Latest Reply 2010-11-03 11:59:17 -0500
Started 2010-11-02 22:10:31 -0500

Every where I turn I hear different things about drinking and diabetes? I'm not a big drinker at all. Occasionally on the weekend I used to have 1 or 2 vodkas on the rocks socially. Since being diagnosed I had 1 drink with a meal and my moning BS was the lowest ever "103" It scraes me to drink anymore. Should I realy stress that much about a drink ocnce in awhile with friends???

4 replies

Harlen 2010-11-03 11:59:17 -0500 Report

In a word NO I have a drink or two every now and again
and it never bothred me
Best wishes

chopi 2010-11-03 08:29:28 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. I am on Metformin only and my kidneys are fine. So I wont strees so much about the occasional vodka.

sloane 2010-11-03 08:27:39 -0500 Report

Drinking occasionally is fine if you have diabetes. You just need to be aware that alcohol can raise blood sugar initially depending on the carb value of your drink. Then later you will be more prone to hypoglycemia because your liver has been "busy" metabolizing the alcohol and won't be as quick to supply glucose from the liver should your blood sugar drop. My boys are healthy adolescents who have diabetes and will drink on occasion. The key is to know that you need to test more frequently and have adequate snacks, being aware that your blood sugar could run lower than normal the next day.

kdroberts 2010-11-03 07:47:29 -0500 Report

It depends on you, the medications you are taking and what you drink. Vodka on it's own a great drink since it has no carbs. Other drinks can have a few to a significant amount of carbs in them.

The problems can arise with medication interactions and low blood sugar. 103 is not low so I wouldn't worry about that but since alcohol ties up pathways that normally trigger the liver to release glucose to keep your blood sugar stable, it's possible that drinking to excess and/or not eating can make you go low. It's also possible that certain medications interact with alcohol. The main diabetic ones that do are insulin and the drugs that stimulate insulin production since the possibility to go low is higher to begin with. Metformin has an alcohol warning regarding lactic acidosis but unless you have a pretty serious kidney problem or are an alcoholic it's almost unheard of to have a problem, the odd drink here and there should be fine.

Of course check with your doctor but based on what you have said it would be unlikely that you would have any problem.

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